Dr. Ed Hoffman is the director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) and NASA's Chief Knowledge Officer. He works within NASA as well as with leaders of industry, academia, professional associations, and other government agencies to develop the agency's capabilities in program and project management and engineering.
Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles, co-authored Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005) and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000), and speaks frequently at conferences and associations. He serves as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University.
He holds a Doctorate, as well as Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Columbia University in the area of social and organizational psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1981.
As Deputy Director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership, Mr. Forsgren is responsible for the operations, contractual, and financial management of the Academy's program. Mr. Forsgren also manages the engineering training curriculum. He has recently developed several new courses for the curriculum, which cover topics such as astronomy for engineers, lessons learned, and innovative design. Mr. Forsgren also serves as the primary point of contact for all Academy Performance Enhancement requests for support to project or engineering teams.
Mr. Forsgren co-authored and presented a paper at the 2010 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) conference. The paper, entitled "Unique Education and Workforce Development for NASA Engineers," covers the goals of the Academy and the role of its unique training and educational curriculum in the development of NASA's technical workforce.
Mr. Forsgren holds two Bachelors degrees, one in history from Georgetown University and one in engineering from Cleveland State University. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Engineering from Cleveland State University. He lives in Virginia with his wife Florence; they have four sons.